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eye health tips

Eye Exercise

A four-step eye exercise can relieve tired eyes after long hours of working in front of the computer screen. Do it daily, particularly in between breaks from the computer. Step 1: Close your eyes tightly for 3- 5 seconds and open them for 3-5 seconds. Repeat 7-8 times. Step 2: Close your eyes again and massage in circular movements for 1-2 minutes. Step 3: Press three fingers against upper eyelids, hold for 1-2 seconds then release. Repeat 5 times. Step 4: Roll your eyes clockwise, then counter-clockwise, and then blink once. Repeat 5 times.

Smoking Can Affect Your Vision Health

Smoking is a risk factor for certain eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. This is because it reduces blood flow and nutrient supply to the eyes and increases the amount of toxic substances like tar and nicotine in the body.  Hence, protect your eyes by quitting smoking. Consider taking an eye care supplement that contains Lutein, Zeaxanthin and various antioxidants to reduce age-related vision degeneration.
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brain health tips

DHA For Brain Development

During the last trimester of pregnancy and first two years of life, the brain undergoes rapid growth. At this stage, the brain requires sufficient nutrients especially DHA for the development of sensory, perceptual, cognitive, and motor skills. Fetuses and infants receive DHA from their mothers through the placenta and breast milk. Mothers should ensure sufficient DHA level through DHA-rich fishes that are free from heavy metals and pollutants, and high DHA supplements. Infant fed with formula milk should ingest milk that has DHA oil added to it to aid brain development.

Maintain Brain Health With Good Family Relationship

Regular visits, outings and phones calls with your family and friends not only make your life more meaningful but also stimulates and protects your brain! Research has shown that the elderly who have regular social interaction with family and friends have a better long-term brain health and less likely to suffer from cognitive decline. 
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dental health tips

Why Should You Use Dental Floss?

To have good oral health, it is not enough to brush your teeth twice a day, you need to floss at least once a day too. By flossing daily, plaque is removed from the areas between your teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into tartar. In addition, people who are wearing braces or have big interdental gaps can use a special interdental toothbrush for a more effective cleansing effect.

Sensitive Teeth? Pick The Right Brush For Pain-Free Brushing

For those with sensitive teeth and bleeding gum, brushing and cleaning interdental spaces can create pain and discomfort. Tooth sensitivity occurs as a result of receding gum and exposed dentin. Also, brushing too hard can damage enamel and cause the recession of gum. The build-up of plaque may cause gum disease which leads to gum bleeding and sensitivity. Pick a soft brush with fine bristles to reduce abrasion on tooth structure and to better cleanse the gum line. A toothbrush with a compact brush head allows you to brush hard-to-reach areas, like back teeth, which can be easily missed when brushing with a normal-sized brush head.  
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hair care tips

The Right Comb For Silky Hair

A good comb helps you to obtain healthy hair. Spend 3 minutes inspecting a comb. To avoid scalp irritation, choose a comb with smooth edges, and avoid comb that cause discomfort or pain. Next, choose wide-toothed combs as they are better for detangling hair. A good comb needs to have sufficient thickness to remain straight and unbent when you are combing your hair. Also, choose a comb with anti-static properties, it helps to prevent fizzy hair. Lastly, ox horn and certain other wood combs will help you to achieve silky hair. 

The Importance Of SLS-Free Shampoo!

Check your shampoo labels and look for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – a common foaming agent that present in 90% of commercially available shampoos. SLS is able to permeate the skin effectively and concentrate in some organs such as eyes, brain and heart. SLS washes away the hair's moisture and may lead to the premature shedding of hair, clogging hair follicles and hair loss. Therefore, it is important to avoid products containing SLS. Instead seek natural alternatives! AFC Shokaigan Shampoo do not contain SLS but incorporates a natural blend of 10 amino acids to gently but deeply cleanse, unclog hair follicles and regulate scalp pH levels. 
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women's care tips

Should You Eat For Two During Pregnancy?

Mothers need to take in additional calories during pregnancy for natural weight gain. However, the extra calorie that are needed are not as high as most mothers think. Pregnant women only need to add about 100kcal for the first trimester, and add another 200kcal for the second and third trimester. A cup of soy milk supplies you with your excess calorie needs for the first trimester, and a medium-sized banana, an apple or a cup of soy milk with a piece of digestive biscuit provides you with the extra nutrients needed during second and third trimester.

Caffeine During Pregnancy

An excess caffeine intake may lead to low birth weight and miscarriage. Caffeine may affect a baby’s growth as it can constrict blood vessels and limit the nutrient that are supplies to baby. Also, caffeine inhibits iron absorption. The low iron stores at the fetal stage leads to a higher risk of iron deficiency during infant development. Yet, pregnant mothers need not avoid caffeine totally. The American Dietetic Association suggests 300mg daily (equals to 3 cups of coffee) as the upper limit of caffeine intake for pregnant women. Other sources of Caffeine include tea, soda, chocolates and energy drink!
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immune health tips

Probiotics For Better Immunity

Probiotics are an alternative medicine that is recognized by the the National Institute of Health in the United States. They are commonly used to prevent and treat certain illnesses and support general wellness. Antibiotics kill gut-friendly bacteria as well as the unfriendly bacteria and probiotics are widely used after antibiotics to offset its side effects. A study published in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal in April 2010 shows that probiotics reduce the severity of diarrhea and enhance immunity. It also increases the bioavailabity of Vtamin B, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, and among others.

Stay Healthy For An Enjoyable Trip

Nothing spoils the excitement of discovering a foreign place like falling sick. The most common conditions that take place during trips are diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps and bloating. It pays to take extra precautions, particularly if you are travelling to developing countries: always stick to bottled water, and avoid eating raw or undercooked food. Also, wash your hands with soap, and use a hand sanitizer when washing facilities are unavailable.
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specific concern tips

Miso- A Super Healthy Soup!

Miso soup helps your body to get rid of harmful radioactive waste. A compound known as Dipicolinic Acid attaches itself to heavy metals and radioactive strontium and carries them out of the body. During the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki in Japan, clinic workers drank miso soup regularly, which may have helped them to avoid severe symptoms of radiation.  Cooking tips: Never boil miso as the boiling process will destroy its nutrients. Instead, add miso paste to your soup after it has been removed from direct heat.

Simple Foods For A Healthy Liver

A poorly functioning liver leads to fatigue, weakness, abdominal pain and loss of appetite. The easiest way to protect your liver is to eat right! Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage contain Glucosinolates which help the liver to produce enzymes for detoxification. Green leafy vegetables and fruits contain antioxidants that protect the liver from free radical damage. Garlic contains Allicin, which helps rinse out heavy metals such as mercury and lead from the liver. Add these foods into your daily diet to keep your liver healthy!
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healthy lifestyle tips

Simple drink to fight cancer

Catechins is a class of flavonoids that has become the focus of widespread study for their anti-cancer potential. Tea is the best source of catechins in the our diet, and green tea contains about three times the quantity of catechins found in black tea.

Vinegar – Japan’s secret to longevity

Vinegar has a reputation for being a natural antiseptic, preservative and culinary ingredient. It is used in sushi not only to add flavour but as a preservative to prevent decomposition of raw fish (sashimi). Vinegar contains organic acids including acetic acid and citric acid which help to support digestive health, promote growth of good bacteria for regular bowel movement and reduce cholesterol level and alkalinize blood pH.
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skin and beauty tips

Water for Beauty.

70% of our body is made up of water. Water is necessary for metabolic activities and regulating the moisture content in skin. With aging, the skin’s water binding ability is significantly reduced. For hydration from within, try Hyaluronic Acid, a skin nutrient that locks up to 6,000 times its weight to retain moisture, smoothen wrinkles, and stimulate repair of damaged skin.

Never sleep with your makeup on!

Go to bed without removing your make up causes dirt and oil quickly build up and pore clogging , leading to blackheads, whiteheads, skin irritation and dull skin. Our skin needs to breathe when we are sleeping. Hence, it is important to cleanse your face with makeup remover and followed by your basic skin care regimen which including face wash, toner and moisturizer.   
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weight and diet tips

What is in the bubble tea?

A cup of bubble tea to quench your thirst and you are loading your body with calories, fats and sugars! Bubble tea contains flavourants, sugars, with minimal nutritional value. The chewy black pearls are made from tapioca and sugar. With one added serving of the pearls, the calories of your bubble tea boosts up another 100kcal. Prefer the milky taste? It adds another 70kcal. For a calorie-sensible treat, get plain bubble tea without milk and choose Nata de Coco instead of the pearls. Best of all, head to the nearest convenient store for a low-sugar soy milk instead!

Fucoxanthin – The natural fat burner

Brown seaweed such as Wakame that is widely used in miso soup is rich in Fucoxanthin. Fucoxanthin is a botanical pigment that gives brown seaweed its brown-greenish colour. Researchers found that Fucoxanthin supports weight loss by enhancing body metabolism, increasing fat burning rate and reducing fat storage in the body.
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joint health tips

Stretch and flex.

Regular stretching helps keep muscles and joints strong and reduce the incidence of injury. To increase your joint’s current range of motion, the surrounding muscles have to be stretched progressively beyond their accustomed length. For example, stretching your waist muscles can help prevent back injury. Stand with a half squat with feet shoulder-width apart, knees bent and hands on hips. Bend slowly to the left then back to the center. Then bend to the right. You should feel the tension at your waist muscles. Keep it parallel without leaning forwards or backwards. It takes merely 5 minutes for 10 repetitions!

Exercise strengthens joint functions

Joint pain can be caused by many different factors, include wear and tear, injury and osteoarthritis.  Will exercise aggravate joint pain? No. Exercise such as brisk walking can help to maintain bone strength, strengthen muscles and tissues around your joints. It helps to ease arthritis joint pain, increase strength and flexibility.
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